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Future Internet 2017, 9(3), 50;

ARAAC: A Rational Allocation Approach in Cloud Data Center Networks

Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The Hashemite University, Zarqa 13133, Jordan
Department of Computer Information System, Faculty of I.T., The Hashemite University, Zarqa 13133, Jordan
Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
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Received: 23 July 2017 / Revised: 11 August 2017 / Accepted: 28 August 2017 / Published: 6 September 2017
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The expansion of telecommunication technologies touches almost all aspects life that we are living nowadays. Indeed, such technologies have emerged as a fourth essential utility alongside the traditional utilities of electricity, water, and gas. In this context, Cloud Data Center Networks (cloud-DCNs) have been proposed as a promising way to cope with such a high-tech era and with any expected trends in future computing networks. Resources of cloud-DCNs are leased to the interested users in the form of services, such services come in different models that vary between software, platform, and infrastructure. The leasing process of any service model starts with the users (i.e., service tenants). A tenant asks for the service resources, and the cloud-provider allocates the resources with a charge that follows a predefined cost policy. Cloud resources are limited, and those cloud providers have profit objectives to be satisfied. Thus, to comply with the aforementioned promise, the limited resources need to be carefully allocated. Existing allocation proposals in the literature dealt with this problem in varying ways. However, none proposes a win-win allocation model that satisfies both the providers and tenants. This work proposes A Rational Allocation Approach in Cloud Data Center Networks (ARAAC) that efficiently allocates the available cloud resources, in a way that allows for a win-win environment to satisfy both parties: the providers and tenants. To do so, ARAAC deploys the Second Best-Price (SBP) mechanism along with a behavioral-based reputation model. The reputation is built according to the tenants’ utilization history throughout their previous service allocations. The reputation records along with the adoption of the SBP mechanism allows for a locally free-equilibrium approach that allocates the available cloud-DCN resources in an efficient and fair manner. In ARAAC, through an auction scenario, tenants with positive reputation records are awarded by having the required resources allocated at prices that are lower than what they have offered. Compared to other benchmark models, simulation results show that ARAAC can efficiently adapt the behavior of those rational service-tenants to provide for better use of the cloud resources, with an increase in the providers’ profits. View Full-Text
Keywords: cloud data center networks; service allocation; second-best price auctions; behavior-based reputation cloud data center networks; service allocation; second-best price auctions; behavior-based reputation

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Quttoum, A.N.; Alsarhan, A.; Moh’d, A. ARAAC: A Rational Allocation Approach in Cloud Data Center Networks. Future Internet 2017, 9, 50.

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